We began our work connecting families to the basic resource they need to be healthy in the Mid-Atlantic area in Washington D.C. in 2001. In 2006, we expanded to Baltimore, and now operate in several hospitals and clinics in the city.
Part of the Clinic Team
Health Leads Washington, DC opened at the Children’s National Medical Center in 2001. We also work with patients in the hospital’s satellite clinics via the electronic medical records. Five years later, we expanded our reach in the Mid-Atlantic area when then Baltimore Health Commissioner and current Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, initiated our first partnership with the Johns Hopkins Health System and Johns Hopkins University. Today, Health Leads operates in several clinics in the Baltimore area.
As part of the clinic team, our Desks are integral to care delivery in the clinics where we work. Doctors, nurses, and social workers refer patients to Health Leads to address the basic resource needs that impact patients’ health. Many providers make referrals to Health Leads directly via the electronic medical record, allowing for seamless integration with care provided by the clinic team and Health Leads Advocates.
Part of the Community
Health Leads Mid-Atlantic recruits and trains college students from The George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, and The University of Maryland, College Park. Students volunteer their time as Health Leads Advocates, working side by side with patients to connect them with community resources such as local food pantries and utilities assistance programs. They work with a variety of unique patient populations in Baltimore and Washington D.C. including new mothers and Spanish-speaking families.
Health Leads transforms the way health systems deliver care by enabling providers to “prescribe” basic resources like food and heat just as they do medication. Patients can take these prescriptions to Health Leads in the clinic where we’ll work with them to connect to community resources and public benefits using a sophisticated, custom-built client and resource database.